NBL Finals: Nam Blazers Level Series

Friday, September 30
•UCU Lady Canons 52-60 JKL Lady Dolphins (0-2)
•City Oilers 60-71 Nam Blazers (1-1)


Nam Blazers beat City Oilers 71-60 in game two to level the Tusker-Lite sponsored National Basketball League Finals series.

The finals series are now tied 1-1, and it will be all to play for when the two sides meet for Game three on Sunday at Lugogo Indoor Arena.

The result was big and deserved for Nam Blazers and their vocal fans, and a needed response after throwing away game one on Wednesday.

And with the series tied, their slogan of ‘removing a dictator’ in City Oilers who has won the league for the past seven seasons, remain very much alive.

On Friday, it was about their stars coming to the party and the rest just fell in place. Amisi ‘Carmelo’ Saidi Danny led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds while David ‘Dikong’ Deng added 19 points and Ariel Okall Koranga contributed 13 rebounds.

Point Guard Chris Omanye was the team’s driver and dished out four assists in a winning effort.

They trailed 17-14 after the first quarter, and had to show resilience and when they went in front in the third quarter, they never looked back especially in the last quarter which they won 20-11.

Blazers out-rebounded Oilers 50-46, minimised their turnovers to 17 and shot 28-of-69 on the floor.

Francis Azolibe scored a double double of 16 points and 10 rebounds and so is Moses Maker who contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds.

But the rest had a quiet night including Ben Komakech who failed to get off the mark with a 0-for-6 from the field while Ceaser Kizito was given just 4 minutes.

Luak Ruai played in the playoffs for the first time this season but could barely impact the game as a determined Blazers side sailed through.

It was another well attended game, with Sports Minister Peter Ogwang and his predecessor Hamson Obua, NCS officials and many Parliamentarians in attendance.

Earlier, JKL Lady Dolphins opened up a 2-0 lead with 60-52 victory and are now two wins away from sealing a three-peat.

Rita Imanishimwe came alive with 17 points against her former side while Rose Akon’s game high 22 points proved not enough.

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